Choosing Thomas, part two
Yesterday, part two of Dallas Morning News Choosing Thomas story was posted – just as powerful as the first installment. Thanks so much to Lee Hancock for covering this story so honestly. Be sure to read the editorial accompaniment, too.
Carrollton couple celebrates son’s birth, and begins waiting for the end
01:24 AM CDT on Sunday, September 6, 2009
By LEE HANCOCK / The Dallas Morning News
Editor’s note: Facing death can be hardest for a family expecting new life. Perinatal hospice offers choices and resources for parents when an infant’s death is imminent. This is one North Texas family’s story.
T.K. Laux hovered in a blue scrub shirt as his wife, Deidrea, grimaced and panted through contractions. A steady sha-thump, sha-thump, sha-thump vibrated from speakers in labor and delivery room 23 – the reassuring sound of their unborn son’s heart.
“Come out, Thomas. Come out and play!” T.K. whispered, burying his face in his wife’s belly.
The Lauxes had been terrified since driving from their Carrollton home to Medical Center of Plano at 2:30 a.m. on June 29, 2008. Doctors warned that their son could be disfigured, brain damaged and too weak to survive birth because of a random DNA anomaly.
The Lauxes faced the hardest lessons of parenthood all at once: learning to love unconditionally, accept limits and let go.
Hearing Thomas cry would be miracle enough, Deidrea kept saying as Janet Kirksey, the nursing manager, came to her bedside near dawn. continue